Hundreds of eager comedy fans descended on Sheffield City Hall to see eight high-profile local business people try their hand at standup comedy – all in the name of charity. The contestants took to the stage as part of the unique fundraising event ‘Funny Business’ in aid of the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s ‘Do Your Bit’ appeal, backed by Westfield. The event, jointly organised by Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, raised more than £6,500 for the appeal, which is being fronted by Hollywood star Sean Bean.
The money raised will go towards the creation of a state-of-the-art cancer research and treatment suite at Weston Park Hospital, which will allow patients access to a wider range of new cutting edge anti-cancer treatments, as well as enabling significant development of the hospital’s ground-breaking programme of clinical trials.
The contestants underwent five weeks of intense training with top Sheffield comic and BBC New Comedy Award Runner-Up 2000, Anthony J Brown, who is known for his dark humour and has been described as ‘king of the dead-pan deliveries.
Rachel Thorpe, Charity Director and Funny Business judge said: “The contestants were so different from each other, and so funny. It really was difficult to decide who should win. They were all incredibly brave to ‘stand up’ like that and we are very grateful to all our contestants and to Sheffield Chamber of Commerce for their help with this unique event.”
Westfield Health’s Charitable Trust has pledged £350,000 to the ‘Do Your Bit’ campaign. It is the company’s biggest ever single donation, already giving
The not-for-profit company has already donated £100,000 and is matching all campaign donations pound-for-pound, up to a further £250,000.
Because of the generosity of Westfield the money raised from the comedy night immediately becomes worth double – taking the total raised on the night to £13,500.